Dec 5, 2012 5:00pm PST
point to a stalemate. >> emily schmidt has more >> you don't have to look far fiscal cliff theater... >> nobody wants to get this done more than me. gets solved. >> but key players aren't talking in the same room. congressional aides say they're not even communicating by phone or e- mail. >> the president is ready, willing and able, waiting to be able to sit down and seriously negotiate this but they have to be willing to come to the table with specifics. i think the next 72 hours are critical. if he sits back and continues to play politics, that'll give you going. >> some lawmakers are going back to their districts. congress has little scheduled business for the rest of the week. house speaker john boehner says that wouldn't stop negotiations. >> i'll be available at any moment to sit down with the president to get serious about solving this problem. >> a sticking point remains whether to raise tax rates for the wealthiest two percent of americans. speaker boehner concedes the rich will pay more in taxes, but says that won't solve a spending problem. his democratic counterpart
Dec 4, 2012 5:00pm PST
.. as investors continue to monitor talks to avoid the "fiscal cliff" in washington. the dow fell nearly 14 points to close just shy of 13-thousand. the nasdaq dropped five-and-a-half points to fall below 3-thousand. and the s-and-p-500 finished the day down two points. >> the ceo of bank of america came on the cnbc. we are starting to see businesses slowed down perhaps a recession in 2013 that could linger into 2014. if you do not come off and come up with some answers, compromise but not compromise would move forward but because the in decision is paralyzing. >> banks seem to be doing pretty decent with the quarterly profits. >> a slight increase i know that americans do not like banks or do not trust banks. however, loan balances have increased by $65 billion in the third quarter your loans are failed. more money is being collected. that is the lifeline, the blood of our economy the bank profit will drive the economy, the economy will drive the stock market. >> let us go back to the losers. they have violated their privacy? >> that does not relieve that surprising they are settling of of court.
Dec 7, 2012 5:00pm PST
prospect of the nation going over the fiscal cliff, the november jobs report delivered better-than- expected news. the labor department said the nation's unemployment rate fell to 7- point-7 percent last month, the lowest in almost four years. >> it's a steady report that shows we continue to see jobs coming back but we still have a long way to go. >> businesses added 146,000 new jobs. retailers, boosted by holiday hiring, accounted for about one- third of them. economists expected about 77,000 new jobs, given the toll of superstorm sandy and concerns about the fiscal cliff. tax increases and spending cuts are set to trigger after january first unless the white house and congressional republicans strike a compromise. house speaker john boehner said friday the president's current approach could hamper future job growth. >> because the risk the president wants us to take, increasing tax rates, will hit many small businesses that produce 60 - 70 percent of the new jobs in our country >> democrats argue that without tax increases on the the revenue necessary to combine with the sa